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bowhead Syllabification: bow·head
Pronunciation: /ˈbōˌhed/
(also bowhead whale)

Definition of bowhead in English:


A black Arctic right whale that feeds by skimming the surface for plankton. Also called Greenland right whale.
  • Balaena mysticetus, family Balaenidae
Example sentences
  • The proposal appears to apply in principle to virtually any species except bowheads and blue whales, though in practice I think the government is more interested in assessing stocks of fins, humpbacks, pilot whales and several dolphins.
  • Probably the first thing concerned citizens think of when the word ‘endangered’ pops up is an animal: the California condor, the giant panda, the bowhead whale, the leatherback sea turtle.
  • Like all whales, bowheads are sensitive creatures and getting into the water with one must be done with caution-from the whale's standpoint, not just the diver's.


Late 19th century: from bow1 + head.

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